Spring 2008 Events

"Digital Literacy"

All events take place between 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm in Cowell Hall 114

February 7, 2008
Mary Madden

Research Areas: music and the internet, intellectual property issues online, teens and communication technology, college students and the internet, online communities, demographic trends in online pursuits. Mary has been with PIP since the spring of 2002. She is the lead author of "Artists, Musicians and the Internet," a report that examines artists' experiences with the internet and their attitudes towards copyright issues online. She holds an M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English from The University of Florida. Her interest in the digital music debate is fueled by her graduate research and her prior experiences working in music promotion and concert production. Mary has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, AP Radio, Wall Street Journal Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others, regarding her research.


February 14, 2008
Ivan Chew

Ivan Chew is a trained librarian. He was quite ignorant about what a librarian does when he started out 11 years ago. He graduated with 1st Class honours from the University of London in Information Systems and Management. He has an MSc (Information Studies) from Nanyang Technology University. In his years working for the National Library Board (Singapore), he has been a Public Services librarian at a community library, a Web Project Manager for a website targeting at students, a manager of a shopping mall library, and later a regional library manager. He currently heads the Adult & Young People's Services (Public Libraries), working with a team of librarians in delivering services to schools and organizations island-wide. He used to think that blogging was a waste of time but has ended up with 8 blogs and 1 podcast. He conducts Blogging and Podcasting workshops from time to time. When he's off work, Ivan draws, paints, blogs, runs a mailing list for librarians, and works on original songs for a collaborative online music album. Ivan has a keen interest in Library Services for People with Disabilities. Now, he claims he is slightly less ignorant about what a librarian does.

February 21, 2008
Brewster Kahle

Brewster serves as founder and digital librarian at the non-profit Internet Archive and helps direct the Open Content Alliance. Brewster's stated goal is "Universal Access to all Knowledge."

February 28, 2008
Bryan Alexander

Bryan researches and develops programs on the advanced uses of information technology in liberal arts contexts. His primary research interests concern mobile and wireless computing, digital gaming, and social software. Other interests include digital writing, copyright and intellectual property, information literacy, project management, information design, and interdisciplinary collaboration. He maintains and contributes to a series of weblogs, including Liberal Education Today, a merging of the MANE IT Network blog and NITLE 1.0's Tech News, and Smartmobs. Committed to exploring computer-mediated pedagogy, he researches and writes on the critical uses of computers and teaching in terms of the interdisciplinary liberal arts and the contemporary development of cyberculture.

March 13, 2008
Fred Stutzman

Fred Stutzman is a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science. His research interests include social computing, online social networks and digital identity. In addition to his graduate work, Stutzman is the co-founder of ClaimID.com, the identity-management website.

March 27, 2008
Kelly Quinn

Kelly Quinn examines the dynamic relationship between people and places in her research and teaching. She is keenly interested in the confluence of the arts, humanities, design and social justice. Presently, Quinn is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she teaches classes on storytelling; food, clothing and shelter in U.S.; and the meanings of place and space. Quinn was the Sojourner Truth Visiting Faculty Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning and at the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan (2005-2007). During her time in Ann Arbor, Quinn won two teaching awards and the Dean’s Faculty Service Award in Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning. She served on the Arts of Citizenship Planning Committee and collaborated with Mark Tucker, Shoshana Hurand, Nick Tobier, Holly Hughes, Alex Kahn, Sophia Michahelles, and a merry band of mirth makers to launch FestiFools.

April 3, 2008
Kevin Epps

Kevin is the filmmaker behind Straight Outta Hunters Point (2001) and Rap Dreams (2006). He is currently working on The Black Rock which chronicles the experiences of African-American prisoners at Alcatraz.

April 10, 2008
Gayla Trail

Gayla Trail is a graphic designer, writer, and photographer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the creator of the popular gardening project, YouGrowGirl.com and the author of You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening.

April 17, 2008
Francis Lake

Francis is a manager and caretaker of Stonelake Farm, a small family farm in eastern Humboldt County, where he also runs the farm's internship and artist residency programs.

April 24, 2008
Jasmine Park

Jasmine Park is the author of the prominent Seattle fashion blog PikePine.com. She publishes a weekly photo in the Seattle Times, and she has been featured in Seattle Magazine and the daytime talkshow Northwest Afternoon. PikePine.com was chosen as the best local fashion blog by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in 2007.

May 1, 2008
Phillip Thurtle

Phillip is an assistant professor of the Comparative History of Ideas program and the History Department at the University of Washington and co-editor, with Robert Mitchell, of Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information and Semiotic Flesh: Information and the Human Body.